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Outfitters....

Well, I have been trying to research outfitters for a hunt in 2012 for big whitetail deer.  25 years ago, my Dad and I said we always wanted to go to Alberta or Saskatchewan, but have since found that Kansas and illinois are half the price, very close in "trophy" potential, and we can stay in the U.S.

We have never used an outfitter, and due to the cost and my Dad's age, this may be the only chance we get.  After all, we are not really "trophy" hunters, but we'd like at least one chance at a big boy. 

What I have found is that it is a little intimidating.  There are SO MANY supposed "outfitters" out there.  I will search for "reviews" and get half great ones, and half horrible ones.  Lacking any personal references, I don't know what to do.  And, i have also expanded our states to include Iowa, Montana, and maybe Missouri.  They all have big deer potential, but this has made the search immense!!!

Well, my point of this post, is to say that when I just started with Montana, I was relieved to see that they have an awesome site specifically for outfitters.  You can narrow your search by location, species, etc.  It lists EVERYTHING about that outfitter.  All of the other states, when I do a google search, have pages and pages of miscellaneous outfitters, some of which look like their pages were composed by my 4 year old.

Anyway, it's a vey nice site, and I say Kudos to Montana!!!

http://www.montanaoutfitters.org/

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there's a similar site

for Colorado outfitters, allows you to search the outfitter, and they all registered outfitters.  Less likely to run into a fly by night operation.  If you were so inclined to hire one.

http://coloradooutfitters.org/

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Thanks.  I think my CO hunt

Thanks.  I think my CO hunt will be a DIY, with assistance from someone who lives and has hunted there for 25 years plus.

The outfitters I am looking for will be for whitetail.  I had seen that Colorado site though.  Maybe it's the bigger Rocky Mtn. states that actually invest in websites.

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weapon?

I  know a great Illinois bow hunt. We did it once with the blackpowder,kinda tough,saw a monster day before season, not sure about the slug gun hunt.

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I'd love a bow hunt, and that

I'd love a bow hunt, and that would open up many more options, however, my Dad is only a casual bowhunter.  He uses that season more to scout than anything else, having only shot one deer before with a bow.

Gotta be a gun hunt of some type........Rifle, muzzleloader, or shotgun.

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Thanks for that Montana link

Thanks for that Montana link it looks like a good site. I know what you mean about trying to find where to go. I have only used outfitters a couple of times but the results have been 50/50 as to the quality. Personal references are the best as anything the outfitter gives you is up to his discretion so you will never get any bad stuff.

I knowthis does'nt help with your situation at all just saying I understand your plight. It's a scary decision when your putting hard earned money on the table. I would think that most of the guys with a solid reputation will be booked up before long for next years hunts. Good luck with your search.

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